There are always quirks as a new baseball season begins. Here's how the opening slate affects top contenders.
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World Series, season win totals and player props -- there are more ways than ever to bet baseball. Here are our nine best futures bets for this season.
From top prospects and rising young stars to bounce-back candidates, which players who missed the MLB Rank cut could soon find a place on the list?
A major shake-up brings a new crew of All-Stars to the forefront, with some of the game's biggest names on the outside looking in.
You picked who? Where? We break down some of the questions to come out of the rankings -- and ask you to weigh in as well.
The games don't count. The numbers won't make the back of any baseball cards. But in camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues, what happens now could still make a difference.
Leading off our countdown of the game's best, youngsters duel with historic greats. Which players landed on the back half of our list?
Just over two weeks before Opening Day, two prominent free agents remain available. We find realistic landing spots and outside-the-box fits for both pitchers.
Every ballclub headed into the offseason aiming to improve, but which ones do projections say did the best job of helping themselves in the standings?
When the Twins named Rocco Baldelli manager, the calls and texts came pouring in ... to his old number. Then Giana Manzi landed on MLB Network Radio.
On All-Access day with the Red Sox, Buster chats with Chris Sale (43:16), goes around the Majors with Tim Kurkjian (4:41) and Keith Law (17:38) and welcomes Sarah Langs for another "Numbers Game" (38:40).
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Miguel Sano's Achilles' injury, which is expected to keep him out through April, resulted in a move from 3B22 to 3B27. I had already considered potential Marwin Gonzalez (and others') threats to Sano's playing time, so Sano's previous rank was conservative enough as is.
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will be out until May after having a procedure on the area of his lower leg that was injured during a celebration.
In our spring MLB stock watch, we examine who gained (and lost) the most wins during the offseason with the biggest names finally off the market.
The Twins will start Jose Berrios on Opening Day, giving the 24-year-old righty his first such assignment.
The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Zack Granite from Minnesota for right-hander Xavier Moore and $50,000, and the Twins dealt Moore to the Baltimore Orioles for $750,000 in 2019-20 international signing bonus pool allocation.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Byron Buxton's three home runs and 11 RBIs early in spring games really don't matter much to me. What does stand out: He has yet to whiff in 11 trips to the plate. Improving his contact rate would go the furthest towards him finally realizing his potential.
Michael Pineda made his first start for the Minnesota Twins as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, allowing one hit in two innings during a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
Buster talks to Matt Vasgersian about the Giants' interest in Bryce Harper (6:01), goes rapid fire with J.D. Martinez (20:05), gets the Numbers Game from Sarah Langs (28:23), and chats with Keith Law about Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (33:24).
From underappreciated stars to veterans who get taken for granted and up-and-comers to watch, here's a guy from each team worthy of your attention.
After starting spring training with five straight hits, Byron Buxton was 0 for 3 for the Minnesota Twins in a 4-2 rain-shortened, seven-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Buster talks with Mark Teixeira about Bryce Harper's free agency, Clayton Kershaw's shoulder, as well as a new idea to implement a pitch clock (4:27). Plus, David Schoenfield weighs in on Noah Syndergaard and Byron Buxton (16:50) and Sarah Langs delivers the Numbers Game (37:04)
Versatile free agent Marwin Gonzalez is officially a Minnesota Twin.
Every year, surprising performances push a handful of teams into playoff contention. Here are some to watch for in 2019.
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